Mental illness in Young people

Is mental illness common in young people?

Yes, mental illness is relatively common among young people. According to research, around 1 in 5 young people worldwide experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Factors such as genetic predisposition, environmental stressors, trauma, and societal pressures can all contribute to the development of mental health issues in young individuals. It’s crucial to recognise the signs and symptoms early on and provide appropriate support and intervention to promote mental well-being.

From mhc.wa.gov.au
“Most young people don’t have a mental illness, but it is relatively common. According to the 2015 national Young Minds Matter survey:
– Almost one in seven (13.9%) 4 to 17-year-olds were assessed as having mental disorders in the previous 12 months.
ADHD was the most common mental disorder in children and adolescents (7.4%), followed by anxiety disorders (6.9%), major depressive disorder (2.8%), and conduct disorder (2.1%).
– Most had a mild disorder, but about one in 50 children and adolescents had a severe disorder.”

From the National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing
“According to the NSMHWB, in 2020–22, 26% of people aged 16–24 experienced high or very high psychological distress, and young women (34%) were more likely to experience high or very high psychological distress than young men (18%) (ABS 2023i).”

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So, young people!

If you’re struggling with your mental health, please know that it’s okay to ask for help. You deserve support, understanding, and compassion. Your feelings are valid, and there are people and us who want to help you through this.

Seeking help takes courage, but it’s a powerful step towards healing and finding peace within yourself. Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, or any other mental health challenge, reaching out for support can make a world of difference.

Seeking help takes courage, but it’s a powerful step towards healing and finding peace within yourself. Whether you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, or any other mental health challenge, reaching out for support can make a world of difference.

You don’t have to face your struggles alone. There are many resources available to you, from trusted adults like parents, teachers, or school counselors, to mental health professionals who are trained to support young people just like you. We provide therapy, counselling and psychoanalysis where you can find understanding and guidance.

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. You deserve to feel better, and there are people who care about you and want to see you thrive. You are worthy of love, support, and happiness.

So please, reach out. You are not alone, and there is hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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